If you have visited or passed by Etobicoke General Hospital lately, you’ll know that it is undergoing a major expansion and revitalization. William Osler Health System (Osler) is transforming the busy facility to better meet the needs of the growing community.
This includes a new, modern, four-storey patient care tower and the Etobicoke Wellness Centre (EWC), which will replace the existing medical office building.
The EWC will open by fall 2018 and the new patient tower by early 2019.
The new patient tower
This structure will house:
- an expanded emergency department - double the size of the existing space;
- an Intensive Care/Coronary Care Unit four times larger than its current space;
- a combined Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurodiagnostic Outpatient Unit for patients with heart, breathing, and neurological complications;
- a Maternal Newborn Unit with 10 private birthing suites, two operating rooms, and a 10-bassinette Level II Nursery for newborns who need extra care;
- an Ambulatory (day) Procedures Unit offering advanced procedures that allow patients same-day discharge and recovery at home; and
- more comfortable, modern patient rooms with an abundance of natural light.
The EWC will include:
- a new, 30-station dialysis unit, plus six stations for home
- hemodialysis training for patients who can manage their own hemodialysis at home;
- a new, larger fracture and wound clinic;
- a Pre-Anaesthesia Clinic
- some diagnostic imaging services; and
- doctors’ offices and clinics (most will transfer from the existing on-site medical office building).
The new ED
The new ED will offer many features, including:
- a separate entrance and staffed receiving area for patients arriving by ambulance. This means fewer delays for paramedics and more privacy for patients;
- 26 acute patient beds (an increase of 18) in individual, generously-sized rooms;
- 3 trauma rooms equipped to manage the most serious injuries and illnesses;
- a dedicated cardiac assessment space, close to the ED entrance, so staff can start up an electro-cardiograph (ECG) right away, saving precious minutes.
- better infection control: individual patient rooms and multiple handwashing stations will help to control the potential spread of infection;
- for infants: two new infant beds with telemetry monitors that are connected to the ED’s observation system so staff can keep watch on the infant’s vital signs;
- for children: a separate waiting area and treatment room especially designed for children;
- for elderly patients: larger treatment rooms and stretchers that convert to chairs. One room will accommodate two stretchers for times when a patient arrives with a dependent spouse who can’t be left home alone; and
- for mental health patients: a separate area that respects the patient’s need for a quiet, secure space away from the busy emergency department.
“The Emergency Department is the biggest touch point for a community,” adds Dr. D’Souza. “From birth to end of life, everyone depends on us.
Up-to-date facilities and equipment in the hands of our caring professionals means even more efficient diagnosis and treatment, faster healing and shorter stays in the hospital.”